After being only lukewarm toward the previous novel in the series, The Queen's Lady, it's a surprise that I even bothered to pick up this book in the first place. Basically, I just saw it on the clearance rack at Half Price Books during their 20 percent off everything sale and figured why not? I could do with a cheap historical fiction novel about the Tudor era. After being constantly pestered by Amazon about the upcoming novel in the series, I thought it was time to decide once and for all if this was a series that I was interested in.
The King's Daughter follows the adventures of Honor Thornleigh's daughter, Isabel during the reign of Mary Tudor. As Mary prepares to marry the incredibly devout Prince Philip of Spain, Isabel prepares to marry herself, but unwittingly finds herself caught up in a scheme to dethrone the Catholic Mary and replace her with the Protestant Elizabeth. The stakes raise even higher when Mary puts Isabel's father in prison, and her only hope lies in a mysterious and roguish Spaniard.
I guess I'm not entirely sure what to expect in the next volume of the Thornleigh series. Maybe something more engaging and unexpected, but that's not what I got here. It was really just more of the same from The Queen's Lady, only surrounding a different protagonist and a different monarch. I still had issues here with Kyle's somewhat weak writing, flat characters and an overall not-that-great story. I was at least able to finish it, but I wouldn't recommend this book, or its predecessor, as anything more than a library read.